Gardner Dozois

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Gardner Dozois

Gardner Dozois
Born July 23, 1947 (1947-07-23) (age 67)
Occupation Editor, writer
Nationality American
Period 1966—Present

Gardner Raymond Dozois (born July 23, 1947) is an American science fiction author and editor. He was editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine from 1984 to 2004. He has won several Hugo and Nebula awards. He won as an editor and as a writer of short fiction.

Biography[change | change source]

Dozois was born July 23, 1947 in Salem, Massachusetts[1] He was in the Army from 1966 to 1969 as a journalist. He then moved to New York City to work as a science fiction editor. Dozois has said that one reason he started reading fiction was to escape his isolated home town.

He was badly injured in a traffic accident while going home from a Philadelphia Phillies game in a taxi in 2004. He missed Worldcon for the first time in many years because of the accident. He did make a full recovery. On July 6, 2007, Dozois had a planned heart surgery. A week later, he experienced problems and had another operation to put in a defibrillator.

He lives in Philadelphia.

Fiction[change | change source]

Dozois has mostly written short stories. He won the Nebula Award for best short story twice: once for "The Peacemaker" in 1983, and again for "Morning Child" in 1984. His short fiction has been collected in The Visible Man (1977), Geodesic Dreams (a best-of collection), Slow Dancing through Time (1990, with other authors), and Strange Days (2001, another best-of collection). He has written fewer novels. He wrote one novel by himself, Strangers (1978). He wrote, Nightmare Blue (1977) with George Alec Effinger. Dozois also wrote Hunter's Run (2008) with George R. R. Martin and Daniel Abraham. After he became editor of Asimov's, Dozois's wrote less fiction. But, recently he began writing more. His 2006 novelette "Counterfactual" won the Sidewise Award for best alternate-history short story. Dozois has also agreed to write short fiction reviews for Locus.

Editorial work[change | change source]

Dozois has mainly worked as an editor. He won 15 Hugo Awards for Best Professional Editor. That is more than anyone else, nearly every year between 1988 and his retirement from Asimov's in 2004. He also worked in the 1970s with magazines such as Galaxy Science Fiction, If, Worlds of Fantasy, and Worlds of Tomorrow.[2]

Dozois is well known for publishing books that collect many short stories. After leaving Asimov's, he continued as the editor of the series The Year's Best Science Fiction. This has been published each year since 1984. He has also edited a long series of themed anthologies with Jack Dann. Each book has a title that explains the theme, such as Cats, Dinosaurs, Seaserpents, or Hackers.

Dozois has always said he was especially interested in adventure SF and space opera. He calls these two sub-genre "center-core SF".[3]

Michael Swanwick published a book-length interview with Dozois in 2001. The book was called Being Gardner Dozois and was about each published piece of fiction Dozois ever wrote. Swanwick had written some stories together with Dozois. In 2002, the interview was named as a possible Hugo Award for Best Related Book winner. It won the 2002 Locus Award for Non-Fiction.[4]

Fiction by Gardner Dozois (This list is not complete)[change | change source]

Nonfiction[change | change source]

Anthologies edited by Gardner Dozois (This list is not complete)[change | change source]

Anthologies co-edited by Dozois and Martin that mix genres[change | change source]

Themed anthology series co-edited by Dozois and Dann[change | change source]

"Isaac Asimov's" Series[change | change source]

Year's Best Science Fiction Series[change | change source]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. "Gardner Dozois: The Good Stuff," Interview, Locus: The Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Field, Nov. 2008, issue 574, pages 68-70.
  2. "Gardner Dozois: The Good Stuff," Interview, Locus: The Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Field, Nov. 2008, issue 574, pages 68-70.
  3. Gardner Dozois, the Revitalization of Genre SF, and The New Space Opera by Dave Truesdale, Fantasy and Science Fiction, accessed Nov. 3, 2008.
  4. http://www.locusmag.com/SFAwards/Db/NomLit134.html
  5. http://grrm.livejournal.com/179093.html

Other websites[change | change source]